Mahmudullah formally retires from Test cricket

Though the news of Mahmudullah’s retirement from the Test cricket was revealed during Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe in July this year, the all-rounder has formally retired from the longer version of the game on Wednesday.

With the announcement, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mahmudullah has officially ended his 12-year long Test career.

The right-hand middle-order batsman played his 50th and last Test against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club in July this year with Bangladesh recording a 220-run win.

In his final innings, he made an unbeaten 150, his fifth hundred in Tests, and was adjudged player of the match.

Mahmudullah scored 2,914 runs at an average of 33.49, and also took 43 wickets, in Tests. He has also captained Bangladesh in six Test matches.

“Leaving a format of which I have been a part of for such a long time is not easy. I had always thought of going on a high and I believe this is the right time to end my Test career,” he said in the BCB media release Wednesday.

“I want to extend my gratitude to the BCB president for supporting me when I returned to the Test team. I thank my teammates and the support staff for always encouraging me and believing in my ability. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to play Test cricket for Bangladesh and I will cherish the many memories. Although I am retiring from Tests, I will still be playing ODIs and T20Is and really looking forward to continue giving my best for my country in white-ball cricket,” said Mahmudullah, the current Bangladesh T20I captain.

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